The Beauty Around You

Mt. Saint Helena, Southern Range, Napa/Lake Counties, California

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So often we get so caught up in our own little worlds, in our own heads with our troubles and tribulations as we come and go through life to the point that we no longer see what is around us.  People are in such a hurry; racing, racing, trying to get a little further ahead, oblivious to all else but their desire to go faster.  And most of the time they are already somewhere else in their minds and hearts anyway:  on the cell phone or texting…many will run you right off the road (literally and figuratively) if you don’t go fast enough or if you get in their way (but I won’t get on that soap box today!)
 
This day I urge you–whoever you are or from wherever you hail–to slow down just a bit, leave a few minutes earlier if possible and if necessary, and take the time to really look around.  All is never what it seems on this great big planet, and very soon we will all be forced to see…But for today, just try to have a little consideration for the next guy and his or her flow; give yourself a little extra time and breathing space to really experience your surroundings, be it in a landscape, seascape, a particular street or building, a regional heritage, a person or four-legged friend.  I’d like to share here a bit of the beauty I’ve witnessed in my everyday comings and goings, hoping that it will inspire you to take notice of the beauty around you, too.
 

Upper Napa Valley, California

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foothills of Mt. Saint Helena, Sonoma County, California

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mt. Saint Helena, Sonoma/Lake Counties, California

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Napa Valley, California

 

Mt. Konocti, Clearlake, California

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lake County, California

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My Friend, Scooterpie Santos

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My Dear Friend Kenny

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Me & My Awesome Housecat, Jack

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  

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About Unsungpoet

Life-long poet, numerologist, author of other previously unpublished works :)
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6 Responses to The Beauty Around You

  1. I’m glad I’ve had a chance to visit your blog again. You make an excellent point about taking the time to slow down and enjoy life. The images are beautiful as well. You’re blog is simply wonderful, and it’s my honor to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

  2. tshauambea says:

    You’re right, there’s so much beauty around all of us; it breaks my heart when people go through their day to day routines without taking a few seconds to embrace or acknowledge mother nature. My photography is nature centred because I want to try and remind people of the beauty that lies right before their very eyes. Beautiful photographs!

  3. unsungpoet says:

    Thanks so much and thanks for sharing your thoughts on this with me! I couldn’t agree more, and your photography definately emanates raw, natural beauty.

  4. geezergirl1 says:

    Slowing down… taking deep inhales and exhales… noticing. Listening. again

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